New prospects for local accommodation in the midst of a pandemic

In March 2020 the world changed. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a major step backwards for the local accommodation sector. 

Seven months on and the investment in contactless technologies will undoubtedly gain traction in the Tourism sector, particularly when it comes to accommodation, to help redesign the tourist experience, making it safe and adapting it to the current circumstances. 

Countless cancellations have brought gloom to local accommodation managers. Considering other alternatives, such as reducing operating costs, is vital to keeping doors open. 

Smart locks are increasingly common and sought after solutions by those who offer this type of accommodation, particularly because they are secure, effective and convenient with a quick return on investment. 

These systems offer greater control in property access, simplified owner management, seamless access for guests, ease and versatility of use, and integration with channel managers. 

Practically speaking, the system enables remote check-in, more autonomy for guests in accessing the property, and uses digital codes instead of traditional keys, which means forgetfulness, loss, and unnecessary visits are a thing of the past. 

But that’s not all. They can also be used to extend a stay, by changing the check-out, and can be linked automatically to calendars, making it easier to manage check-ins and check-outs. 

Without the need for technology support for guests, because downloading an App is not required, smart locks also offer different ways to open a door, making it incredibly effective, while keeping property secure. Another crucial factor is on-site technical support, offered by a network of specialised partners that provide all necessary customer support, when requested. 

Carlos Rosa, CEO Homeit